Hi Buzztrippers! Back with a new post today: I am ready to leave for San Daniele del Friuli for the upcoming weekend! Every year this little town located in the Friulian hills hosts a famous festival called “Aria di Festa”, that celebrates its typical and delicious specialty, prosciutto crudo (local smoked ham). This mouth-watering product is prepared in San Daniele area, whose special micro-climate (mixing cold dry winds from the Alps with damp currents from the sea) ensures a perfect aging and a delicious taste.
Aria di Festa in San Daniele
Even though I love San Daniele ham, I am not here to write about it: just keep in mind that during Aria di Festa, (from 24th to 27th June this year), kiosks are spread around town offering ham platters, and local restaurants prepare special prosciutto menus (do not miss tagliatelle with San Daniele, sooo delicious!).
Furthermore, at Aria di Festa you will enjoy guided visits, meetings with famous writers or actors, concerts of famous Italian singers, open-air discos until late night.. and much more!
Here you find some suggestions if you are planning to go to San Daniele this weekend: do not limit your visit to ham and beer stands, but explore this charming little town! Here you find 5 not-to-miss attractions that make San Daniele an enchanting location!
San Daniele: 5 not-to-miss attractions
- Guarneriana Library: once arrived in the city center, admire the huge white Duomo, a beautiful church dating back to the 18th century, hosting a precious work by Pordenone and 3 sketches by Tiepolo. The building on its right is the Biblioteca Guarnieriana, one of the most ancient libraries in Friuli-Venezia Giulia! Just think that it keeps around 12.000 ancient books (manuscripts, 16th-century editions, incunabula….). The library was founded by Guarnerio, an important 15th century ecclesiastic and jurist whose philological and linguistic knowledge was deeply extra-ordinary. Following Humanism cultural values, he gathered and copied classical and modern works, thus giving birth to a rich cultural treasure. Guarneriana keeps (among others): a Libro delle Sentenze by Pietro Lombardo, with fantastic decorations inspired by bestiaries; an Inferno by Dante of the 15th century, a Trèsor by Brunetto Latini (1368); and a wonderfully decorated Canzoniere by Petrarca (1497).
- S.Antonio Church: this tiny church located in Via Garibaldi has been defined “the Sixtine Chapel of Friuli”. I know that it may seem a bit high-sounding, but I assure you that the internal frescoes are breathtaking! Painted both by the school of Vitale da Bologna and by Martino da Udine, better known as Pellegrino da San Daniele, (who worked here from 1497 to 1522), the frescoes depict a crucifixion scene, several Prophetes and Evangelists, stories of Sant’Antonio and Jesus… a real illustrated Bible!
- Porta Gemona and Via Garibaldi: Porta Gemona, better known as Portonat, is the northern entrance to San Daniele city center. Characterized by a refined arch, it was designed by Andrea Palladio, one of the most important architects of all times in Italy: start a pleasant walk from here and stroll around Via Garibaldi, whose arched porticos, handcrafts’ shops and elegant palaces will definitely charm you.
- Panoramic views from the Castle: San Daniele’s best panoramas can be admired on the very top of the hill where the town is located, where you can still see some remains of the ancient fortifications. We have evidence of a castle that dominated the surrounding areas, whose only remaining parts are a tower and the ramparts. The whole area is nowadays a park, with a gorgeous belvedere overlooking the countryside.
- Wine and San Daniele: why not? After a walk in the old town, take a break in one of the many wine-bars scattered around. My suggestions? Enoteca la Trappola or Corte di Bacco: two cozy, tiny and intimate places where to have an excellent glass of wine and… of course, some San Daniele ham!
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